This course starts from the basics of backup, recovery, and replication and provides foundational knowledge for understanding backups and restores in a virtual environment. The vDP and vDPA products are covered in depth, with their features, functionals, and limitations reviewed. We will look at configuring and running backups, restores, backup verification jobs, and replication jobs. Next, the advanced file-level restore, application-level backups, and Direct-To-Host Emergency restores are discussed in-depth. Finally, best practices and troubleshooting tips and tricks are provided to help administrators or users get the most out of a vDP deployment.
Brian has been an IT professional for over 10 years in various customer-facing consultancy and technical administration roles. He specializes in VMware virtualization, networking, and storage technologies. He currently works as a vSpecialist for EMC serving as a technical advisor on virtualization and storage products.
Introduction Welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching VMware vSphere Data Protection and this is the introduction module. Before we get started and talk about what we're going to cover in the course, I wanted to go over just a few prerequisite items that you want to be familiar with so you get the most out of this course. The first is a basic understanding of virtualization and VMware specific vSphere/ESXI components. You'll want to be familiar with those and understand how they work because we're not really going to cover those in the course. You'll also want a basic familiarity of the navigation within the vSphere web client because we'll be doing a lot of lab exercises as you'll see. This course is mostly lab-based and you'll probably get a little bit lost if you're not familiar with what the vSphere web client looks like and what the major navigation areas are. So, play around a little bit with that if you haven't; that way, you can follow along a little bit better as we go through the labs.
Virtual Machine, Application Backup, and Restore Basics Welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Virtual Machine and Application Backup and Restore Basics. So what are we going to cover in this module? First, we'll talk about different methods of backup. So we'll go into differential, incremental, and full backups and talk about the pros and cons of each method. Second, we'll talk about the different levels where backups can occur, such as operating systems, Virtual Machine, or application level. Next we'll talk about different methods of restoring from those backups that we talked about in the first section. Then we'll look at storage of backup data. So once you've created these backups, where do you actually store them and what are your options around that? Then, we'll look at replication versus backups, so this is a common misconception that replication of backups do the same thing. Well, they really don't. And there are some different intrinsic values in both of those and we'll look at what those are and why you might want to leverage either of those technologies. So, let's get started.
vSphere Data Protection Overview Welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching vSphere Data Protection Overview. What are we going to cover in this module? First, we'll talk about vDP or vSphere Data Protection. We'll give you an overview and talk about what it provides businesses and organizations looking at backup and recovery. Next, we'll look at licensing options and packaging, as well as some of the limitations of the product. We'll then talk about vDP Standard versus vDP Advanced or vDPA. We'll look at the different features it offers and, also, the increase in limitations that Advanced gets you over Standard. We'll look at different supported backup and restore methods and also storage options for putting the data that vDP is backing up. And then we'll look at supported applications and guest-operating systems that you can backup with vDP. So, let's get started.
Deployment and Configuration Welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching VDP Deployment and Configuration. In this module, we'll cover the architecture and deployment overview for the vDP Appliance. We'll look at what it looks like within the vSphere infrastructure and environment and then we'll look at the actual deployment process. Next, we'll talk about some pre-installation tasks and things you want to make sure are prepared before you actually go through the install, and then we'll jump right into the lab. We'll actually deploy a vDP appliance and we'll look at the configuration that you do after deploying it for the integration with vCenter Server. Lastly, we'll wrap up with storage options and management to look at where you actually store your backups and also how you perform appliance upgrades when new versions or patches come out for the vDP appliance. So, let's get started.
Administering vSphere Data Protection Welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Administering vSphere Data Protection. In this module, we'll cover integration with the vSphere Web Client. We already went over it a little bit in previous modules, but I just wanted to call out the different areas that you use the vSphere Web Client and also the vSphere Data Protection Configuration page to do administration tasks. In this lab, we'll mostly be in the live lab, so we're gonna jump in and we'll go into the Management Console, we'll look at all the different pieces and where you might use each, so you get a good overview of how you actually administer vDP. And then lastly we'll look at reporting and reporting options that vDP gives you on backup jobs, on system status, so we'll get into that. Let's get started.
Managing Backups and Backup Verification Operations Welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Managing Backups and Backup Verification Operations. In this module we'll cover backup job options and creation process, so we'll look at what it takes to actually create a backup job in vDP, and the different options you have when doing that. We'll also look at backup schedules, so when you create the job, what kind of schedules can you set it to run against, and also retention options for how long you want to keep that data around and setting different options based on policies. We'll then look at how you actually run those backup jobs, so we'll jump into the lab and we'll show you what it looks like to run them, how you create them, and how you edit them. Lastly, we'll go through backup verification jobs, which are used to ensure that what you backed up was actually successful and what you wanted to backup, so we'll look at how you create those, how you run them, and then we'll look at monitoring on them to see the success or failure of those. So let's get started.
Managing and Performing Restores Welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Managing and Performing Restores. In this module we'll cover backup selection and restore job creation. Now that we've gone through the full process of creating backup jobs, and we looked at how you run them and also verify them, we'll create some restore jobs and I'll show you how you select from those backups that you've created what you want to restore. We'll then look at some destination options and restore considerations, so things like restoring over the original, if something got deleted or you need to replace it, or you can restore to a new virtual machine and compare files or compare versions or applications if needed. Then we'll jump into the lab and I'll show you what it looks like to create that restore job and go through the configuration. Next we'll talk about a feature called Direct-To-Host Emergency Restore. Now this is a really cool feature. You can use this in the case that the vCenter Server is down or got deleted, or something happened and it got corrupted; you can actually log in to the vDP Appliance configuration utility, and you can do a Direct-To-Host, so it can talk right to an esxi host and deploy a backup from a virtual machine, so maybe a vCenter Server or some part of your infrastructure you need to get up and running in a disaster scenario. We'll show you what that looks like in the lab as well, it's really cool. And then lastly, we'll talk about how you access vDP directly and restore a vCenter Server instance, so not only when we do a regular VM, we can talk about what it looks like and I'll show you how restore a vCenter server instance as well. So let's get started.
File-Level Restoration Welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching File-Level Restoration. In this module, we'll cover: An overview of the File-Level or FLR restore process and some considerations around it. We'll talk about the vDP restore client, so the actual webpage or website that you would use to do those file-level restores, and then the best way to talk about this is to show it, so we'll go back into the lab, and we'll pretend to be an administrator or a user who has deleted a file on their desktop, and I'll show you what it looks like to actually restore that file and bring it back to what it was. So let's get started.
Replication Welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching vDP Replication. in this module, we'll cover a replication overview and we'll talk about the supported types of replication that vDP and vDPA support. We'll also look at some best practices and configuration, and then we'll jump into the lab and I'll show you what it looks like to create and run those replication jobs, and also how you monitor their status and report on them. Lastly, we'll touch on EMC Avamar and Data Domain integration through the lab, and I'll show you the different components that you can integrate with. So let's get started.
Application-Level Backups Welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching vDP Application-Level Backups. In this module, we'll cover an application-level backup overview; we'll talk about the process and why you might want to use it, and also the features that vDP offers. We'll look at the application level plugin, including the requirements for pre-installation and on the vDP side as well. We'll then talk about each of the application plugins, so SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint, and then we'll jump into the lab and I'll show you how to configure plugins and how you install it on your application servers, and also how you configure the vDP client to do those application-level backups. So let's jump in.
vDP Troubleshooting and Best Practices Welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching vDP Troublshooting and Best Practices. In this module we'll cover vDP Disaster Recovery scenarios, we'll talk about what to do in the case of a failure of the vDP Appliance or the host that its running on. We'll also talk about some best practices around how to protect the vDP Appliance. Next we'll go into vDP and vDPA Troubleshooting and Tips, and some best practices to keep the system well oiled and running. And then we'll jump into the lab and I'll show you some client troubleshooting tips, and also any other best practices that we want to cover in the lab. So let's get started.